A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Every partner, program, and park plays a dynamic role in realizing that vision. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

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  • Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

    Schuylkill River Sojourn Gives Paddlers a Taste of Civil War History

    A young woman prepares her kayak for a day on the water.

    The Schuylkill River NHA recently held its 15th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, a 112-mile paddling trip featuring programming surrounding the region's important Civil War history. Participants joined anywhere from one day to the full week-long trip and enjoyed visits from U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, Gettysburg NMP Superintendent Bob Kirby, and a one-woman play from Hopewell Furnace NHP. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Juneteenth Recognized with Special Program

    Jessica with Kids

    In honor of Juneteenth, park staff and volunteers presented a special education program to local students. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Looking at the Past to Interpret to the Future

    Graduate students and park staff working in collections

    Reevaluating archaeology of the birthplace of George Washington to better understand the history of the site and the Washington family. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Fort McHenry NMHS Launches a New Boat Tour!

    Ribbon Cutting Launching A New Boat Tour at Fort McHenry NMHS

    As the summer tourist season gets underway, Fort McHenry NM&HS added another attraction! With the help of several partners and grant funding, visitors to the park will now have the opportunity to get the same view of the Star Fort —from the water — the view that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem during the War of 1812’s Battle of Baltimore. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Historic Preservation Trellis Pilot Project at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Trellis pilot project @ Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (MABI) received a grant from the Woodstock Foundation, Inc., of Woodstock, VT, to develop, field test, and install an innovative trellis system for vines growing on the west façade of the historic brick mansion. The project is designed to explore, evaluate and select trellis options that provide necessary vine support, minimize potential vegetative damage to the structure, and present desired aesthetic character. Read more

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    The Manzanar Oral History Project

    Kristen Luetkemeier, Park Ranger, Manzanar National Historic Site

    The Manzanar Oral History Project interviews people connected with these varied, yet connected, stories. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Wildflowers at Craters of the Moon: There's an app for that!

    Wildflower app opening screen

    Just in time for the peak of our wildflower season, a new expanded version of our FREE Craters of the Moon Wildflower Guide app is now available for all your Apple or Android mobile devices. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Spring on the Plantation; Learning the Cultural Heritage of Tidewater Virginia

    Split screen image of horse on the left and 3 turkeys

    With hands-on programs and living history we immersed another generation of visitors in the cultural heritage of the Tidewater area of Virginia. Read more

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Students From the Class of 2016 Explore Parks

    A group of 5th grade students display their National Parks Passport booklets

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park has adopted the 5th Grade class at Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg, TN to participate in a series of experiences culminating in the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 which coincides with their 8th grade graduation. Read more

  • Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor

    New App Provides Last Green Valley Visitors an Innovative Way to Tour the NHA

    Assembling at a baseball field, a group of canoers get ready to embark.

    A new smart phone app developed by The Last Green Valley allows iPhone and Android users to access information on the resources of the heritage area from anywhere in the world. The app has received positive reviews thus far and is expected to bolster already strong economic impact numbers for the NHA. Read more

  • National Mall & Memorial Parks

    Winners Announced in Expressions of Freedom Student Art Competition

    Expression of Freedom Contest Winners

    Winners were recognized during ceremonies featuring local National Park Service staff. Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Torn Asunder: Student Produced Play Performed at Hampton NHS

    Torn Asunder: Student Performance at Hampton NHS

    Hampton National Historic Site partnered with the Baltimore School for the Arts and The Maryland Historical Society to produce “Torn Asunder – the Civil War Midstream.” Read more

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Resource Education Staff Leads Distance Learning Classrooms

    Group picture of teacher workshop participants standing in front of snowy woods.

    Park Resource Education staff hosted teacher workshops focusing on weather and technology for 24 local teachers and over 2,000 students. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Roll Call!

    Arnold Mendoza, teacher at Los Fresnos High School, helps students enter muster roll information.

    Service Learning: Connecting Local Youth to History and Heritage. Twenty-five Los Fresnos High School students started a service learning project with Palo Alto Battlefield NHP. Using Ohio volunteer muster rolls and working closely with a park ranger, these youth entered over two regiments into an interactive searchable database. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Rhode Island Youth live a Civil War's Soldier's Life on Governors Island

    Members of the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Regiment at the end of a long weekend.

    Most high school students learn about the Civil War by reading a textbook. For Providence RI high school students in the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, portraying an African-American artillery regiment formed in 1863, the life of a Civil War solider is a vivid and visceral experience. As part of Governors Island National Monument's youth program, with assitance from the Eastern National, the group comes to to a real Civil War-era army post with actual heavy artillery. Read more

  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

    Camp JC

    Next Generation of Park Rangers

    The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site held a summer camp to encourage local underserved youth to learn more about the natural and cultural resources at the park and also educate them about the purpose and mission of the National Park Service. Read more

  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

    Our Park Through Your Eyes

    Collage of wiinning photos from contest.

    The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site held a photography contest from April 21 to June 30, 2012. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    115 Volunteers Participate in Park Cleanup Project at Fort McHenry NMHS

    Volunteers Cleanup historic Seawall Trail

    Every Spring and Fall, the National Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) recruits volunteers to restore habitat for wildlife, remove debris, and maintain trails at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. Since the National Aquarium took over stewardship of the marsh and cleanup of the park’s historic Seawall Trail in 1999, volunteers have helped collect nearly 600,000 pieces of trash and debris! Read more

  • El Morro National Monument

    Rock On!

    Acoma youth observing NPS masons as they repoint a wall in a prehistoric site

    Two years ago, the NPS and the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC), Ancestral Lands Office at Acoma Pueblo began a partnership to conduct historic preservation work at Vanishing Treasures Program (VT) sites in El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments and Petrified Forest National Park. With the 2013 field season just days away, the young men of SCC crew are now seasoned preservation workers preparing for new historic preservation challenges. Read more

  • El Malpais National Monument

    Aim High and Put Your Back Into It!

    Three Acoma youth trying to throw an atlatl

    The Pueblo of Acoma is right next door to El Malpais and El Morro National Monuments, but many Acoma youth have never explored this part of their ancestral homeland. Working with the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) Ancestral Lands Program at the Pueblo, park staff participated in the Acoma Youth Hiking Club during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Read more

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